COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for all drivers of commercial vehicles entering the UK from the EU. Drivers without a negative test result can be fined with up to £ 2,000.
COVID-19 testing and a locator form will be required from all drivers of commercial vehicles entering from the EU.
The requirement does not apply to drivers staying in England for up to 48 hours.
The testing requirement applies to drivers and crews of HGVs as well as drivers of vans and other LGVs. It applies to both UK-based and non-UK based carriers.
Free tests will be available at 40 haulier advice site locations. As the UK Minister of Transport announced on Sunday, tests must be carried out within 48 hours of arrival, with the day of arrival treated as day 0. If a driver stays in the UK, they will have to take further tests every 72 hours. The second test should be taken 3 days after the first test, and the third test - 3 days after the second test. Within 10 days or more, a driver has to take at least 3 tests.
Exemption from the testing requirement
You do not need to take a test if you arrive in England from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man - known as the Common Travel Area (CTA). You must have only been in the CTA or the UK in the 10 days before arrival. If you have been outside the CTA in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must take the tests.
A map of free testing sites
It is not necessary to book a test in advance, but drivers should check the opening hours of haulier advice sites. Tests are FREE OF CHARGE at the locations listed below.
You must complete this online form before arriving in the UK. The form can be submitted any time in the 48 hours before arriving in the UK and presented during the check-in before boarding a plane, train or ferry to the UK. After completing the form, you will receive an email with a QR code. You can print it or show it on your phone.